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Why satellite can not work . . . Or at least why the market thinks so
2018-09-03

Debunking the key myths about satellite services. I have not even started the presentation and already the technical director in the customer team has proudly informed the other decision makers that satellite is slow, expensive and has a latency bug that make computer systems fail. That is it, game over. I am supposed to pack my bags and go home.

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5 User Applications that are Ideal for Satellite Technology
2018-08-08

The rapid growth of fibre networks in South Africa is inspiring, and is enabling the drive for all businesses and consumers to be online. A recent article in MyBroadband cited the International Telecommunications Union and We Are Social, which reported that South Africa added 2 million Internet users in 2017, growing to 30.81 million and placing our Internet penetration at 54%. Additionally, the results of Google’s Connected Consumer Study found that 65% of South Africans over the age of 16 are now online.

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The Important Role Reliable Connectivity Plays in the Profits of the Fast Food Industry
2018-07-25

This recent case study attempt to explain the important role reliable connectivity plays in the profits of the Fast Food Industry and is based on true solutions specifically designed for completed KFC projects, in partnership with Q-KON Africa and FNB.

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A Review of Available Off-grid Telco Service Options - a User Outline to Select the Most Suitable Options
2018-07-20

Selecting the ideal telecommunication services for your business, for broadband Internet access and for voice and video services, is a simple choice when you are in town or any area connected with fibre networks. If, however, you are in an off-grid location, it is not so simple.

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New Technolgies Expanding Satellite Markets
2018-06-05

Satellite has proved its worth as a connectivity medium in areas where there is no fixed line infrastructure. While it has remained a niche solution as a result of the logistics involved in the installation and management of the dishes, new technology is promising to bring satellite connectivity to new markets that have not been able to use satellite links before.

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Do You Need a Managed or Broadband Service? What to Consider and Where the Difference Lie
2018-05-14

When end-users consider options to contract for data and voice communication services, the industry sometimes complicates these discussions by using different terminology and abbreviations. Although the intent of all proposals is probably to explain the offer and its advantages, it could have the opposite effect and confuse the topic.

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Why Banks are using Satellite Services
2018-05-07

Satellite connectivity is commonly considered a last mile solution only for areas where there is little or no coverage of other networks such as fibre or 3G. However, its high reliability and ubiquitous coverage have resulted in the banking sector using satellite communication networks to ensure that ATM service points and Point of Sale (PoS) devices are always connected.

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Internet of Things - The Opportunity of Satellite in IoT
2018-04-26

By 2023 the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to be 17,4 billion devices and it is expected that 10% of all locations will be 'off-grid' , i.e. not connected to the national Telco or Mobile networks. IoT will become part of life and will certainly change the way we work, play and live. With all applications and business solutions depending on reliable and affordable communication, this means a total of 1,7billion devices will be 'off-grid' and will depend on either satellite or wireless networks to operate. Is there an opportunity for satellite in IoT? 1,7billion devices is a certain YES!

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When will Fibre replace Satellite? A perspective on the need for satellite networks for Africa
2018-04-25

The ever-increasing growth in terrestrial fibre networks, both international submarine cables as well as national and metropolitan networks, has created an expectation that fibre networks and fibre connectivity will soon be the default option for broadband and IP access services in South Africa and Africa.

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Choose right: Managed Access or Broadband Service
2018-02-23

For most of us buying something you can't see or touch is difficult, and if the product description is further more filled with jargon and unclear definitions it is just so much more challenging. Here is a quick guide that can assist with buying Broadband or data connectivity services. Use the quick guide, or make an in-depth study, or simply choose the name in "off-grid" communications you can trust - the choice is yours.

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Why Satellite is Needed for IoT
2018-02-23

The Ericcson 2017 mobility report forecasts that by 2023 there will be over 30 billion connected devices, of which around 20 billion will be related to the IoT. Connected IoT devices include connected cars, machines, meters, sensors, point-of-sale terminals, consumer electronics and wearables. Between 2017 and 2023, connected IoT devices are expected to increase at a CAGR of 19%, driven by new use cases and affordability.

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What's Needed for Large-Scale Satellite Networks
2018-01-24

Research undertaken by ITU into the online and offline population shows that four-fifths of the offline population are located in Asia-Pacific and in Africa. While absolute numbers of offline individuals at a regional level show that Asia-Pacific bears the lion's share, it is Africa that exhibits the greatest connectivity shortfall when examining the proportion of population that is not online. When grouping countries by their level of development, the greatest connectivity shortfall is exhibited in Least Developed Countries ("LDCs"), where 85% of the population is still offline set against only 22% in Developed Countries.

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Q-KON World-First to Deploy iDirect Regional Node Solution for Critical Primary and Backup Communication Network in Swaziland
2018-01-18

Solution being tailored to provide HUBless, low latency, in-country termination for a major financial customer.

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Test case scenario of an EPIC satellite solution - New high capacity satellite solutions for the African market
2018-01-17

Heroic or grand in scale or character: That is what the word EPIC means according to Google's dictionary. EPIC is also the product name for the recently launched Intelsat satellites which are all part of the latest technology developments in the satellite industry, referred to as high throughput satellites (HTS).

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3 Steps to Satellite Network Success
2017-12-06

Network architects and solution design engineers mostly consider satellite networks as the final option – only to be used when fibre, microwave or wireless networks cannot meet user needs. While this might be true for many applications, this approach might very well lead to implementation of solutions which are not optimum for the specific application, says Dr Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON.

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Satellite - Ideal for African Connectivity
2017-11-10

Satellite - Ideal for African Connectivity. With controlled network costs, continent-wide signal coverage and low-cost user terminals, satellite services can go a long way to provide broadband for all. With the planned HTS service for 2018, costs will come down and performance will go up... ideal for connecting all "off-grid" users.

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Satellite Internet quicker
2016-11-30

As fibre Internet service becomes available in more places across Africa, fast broadband Internet is becoming a reality for many citizens. However, people who live in hard to reach or isolated places will never be able to experience these speeds. Or will they?

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Satellite helps bridge digital divide in Africa
2016-11-30

There are many remote regions in Africa where it is easy to feel isolated from the rest of the world. Broadband is scarce and Internet connections are not only rare, but notoriously unreliable.

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Africa turns to satellite Internet
2016-11-30

In Africa, technologies of all types are evolving rapidly, with one exception - Internet access. With around only 170 million users, Internet penetration remains low, at around 18%, well below the global average.

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The why and how of HTS
2016-11-08

On August 24 this year, Intelsat announced that Intelsat 33e, the second of seven planned Intelsat Epic high throughput satellites, was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Intelsat 33e, manufactured by Boeing, will bring high throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-band to the Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia regions.

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Satellite brings broadband to game reserve
2016-11-03

In the more remote parts of the country, there is very little infrastructure, making it harder to provide ubiquitous broadband. Visitors to locations that are off the beaten track find that reliable Internet connections are not readily available. This can be a major inconvenience to tourists who are used to being connected 24/7, and can be a stumbling block to economic growth in these areas.

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Why satellite is ideal for African connectivity
2016-11-03

Africa is known for its rugged beauty and diverse natural environments. The continent has also seen some of the highest economic growth in the world over the past few years.

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What the loss of Falcon 9 and Amos 6 mean for African connectivity
2016-10-05

On September 1, 2016, international space exploration company SpaceX suffered a failure during the static test fire of the Falcon 9 rocket. Designed to transport satellites, Falcon 9 was scheduled to haul the AMOS-6 satellite into geostationary orbit. The rocket suffered an unspecified failure in the second stage's LOX tank during the test, and both rocket and satellite were destroyed.

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WhichVoIP launches VOIP phone comparison, with headline sponsor Q-KON SA and AudioCodes
2016-07-01

Increased competition in a rapidly evolving industry, together with the availability of information on the public Internet, has influenced how consumers engage and interact with telecoms technology and the vendor community. By leveraging the Internet, customers are now able to become self-educated and make an informed decision on which product, and through which channel, they are able to acquire their chosen VOIP technology.

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VSAT as Packet Data Communications Medium For IoT And Specifically Industrial IoT (I2oT)
2016-06-04

Internet of Things has been a topic in many forums for the past few years. Trying to understand exactly what IoT entails might be an overwhelming task. Is IoT home automation, M2M, SCADA, Telemetry, Smart Cities, Connected Cars, or even as some have coined it, the Fourth Industrial Revolution? It is probably all of the above. The fact is, the sooner we understand the applications and embrace the possibilities it has to offer, the better.

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